Ok, this was not my first thought, but as a bellydancer, it was an unavoidable one. Three of my seven member dance troupe were pregnant simultaneously, and we took the opportunity to film a pre-natal belly dance DVD. Watching the video, I noticed the tattoo that surrounded my belly button was growing – ACK! What did this mean? Would it be skewed two inches to the left or would the lines blur to become a big black blob?
For someone deeply committed to a dance form where a bare mid-section is fundamental, you might say I was a little concerned…
Like most things with birth, the mix of genetics, age, and health all affect the post-baby ink.
I religiously smeared the creams and oils on my skin and tried to keep my body moving with the hope that it would retain some semblance of my pre-baby body. Lucky for me I was surrounded by tattooed moms who’s bellies and tattoos had survived the experience.
My son Cedar decided to arrive two weeks late via C-Section and just shy of 10 pounds. My tattoo had doubled in size and I was sure it would never be the same.
…Truth be told, it’s not. Yes, the tattoo shrunk back to the same size and shape after a few months of nursing and exercise. But there are a few stretch marks and a scar to accompany it. Both serve as a reminder of the experience … and act as an excellent excuse for more tattoos!